Horror Asylum | Vincent Gillioz Interview | Horror Movie Entertainment News and Reviews

The Horror Asylum

Sign Up   Forgot Password? 
11,642 horror articles & features | 6,966 horror movies | 1,555 horror reviews | 1,309 giveaways hosted | 223 delicious interviews Established in 2001  
The Horror Asylum
  Horror News   Reviews   Giveaways   Interviews
Movies | TV | DVDs | Books | Games Movies | DVD | Books | Games Just Added | Ending Soon Just Added | Archives
Home About Enquiries Submissions Advertising Premium Feeds Cookies


Coulrophobics Beware! 'Night of the Clowns' is Coming! Get Bewitched with Playtech's New Halloween Fortune II Slot New and Exclusive Clip from THE CARETAKER The Latest Haunted Collection VII Arrives from Seventh.Ink
KILD TV takes Two Top Festival Awards The Dark Moon Motion Comics Finally Arrive on YouTube FRIGHTFEST 2016: Screams and Chills Galore FRIGHTFEST 2016: You've Come a Long, Creepy Way in the Dark, Baby!

WIN The Neon Demon on DVD
WIN The Neon Demon on DVD
WIN a copy of Paranoid Thriller THE NEIGHBOUR on DVD
WIN a copy of Paranoid Thriller THE NEIGHBOUR on DVD
WIN The Conjuring 2 on Blu-ray - OUT NOW
WIN The Conjuring 2 on Blu-ray - OUT NOW
WIN Air Storm Toys from Zing
WIN Air Storm Toys from Zing
WIN Sci-Fi Thriller ARCADIA on DVD
WIN Sci-Fi Thriller ARCADIA on DVD

Vincent Gillioz

Vincent: "The Ghosts of Edendale is one of my richest and most detailed scores".

Conducted by Phil Davies Brown
August 2nd, 2004

Vincent Gillioz is perhaps only just starting to make a name for himself but you can be sure that he will be around for a long long time.

With scores for many recent horror movies under his belt and the fantastic Christopher Young for a mentor he can't really go wrong.

I chatted to Vinny about his upcoming projects which include scoring duties on 'The Ghosts of Edendale'.

When did you first become interested in music?
I started playing the guitar at 14; I used to play in metal bands.

What do you play?
The guitar and the piano

Were you self taught or did you take lessons?
from 14 to 17 I took private instructions, then self-taught, and at 23 I did a dual degree at Berklee College of Music in Boston(USA) in Performance(guitar) and Film Scoring, where I graduated in the highest honors, afterwards I went back to Switzerland to the Conservatory studying Composition and Orchestration, where I graduated again in the highest honors:-).

What about education, did you take music at school?
In high school you could take music as an option, what I did, it was a boring 2 hour per week class about history of music mostly.

When did you realize that you could make music your career?
When I realized that I didn't have the capacity to do anything else!:-) More seriously, since I was in high school I wanted to do that. But there is no real professional structure in Switzerland, the mentality and the environment is not pushing towards any arts as a career. So I tried to study something else to make a living and make music on the side. But it was very frustrating; you never have enough time to make music seriously. So I decided to take the chance, I worked 3 years full time taking any small temporary jobs, saved money and went to Berklee College of music in Boston. From that time, things have unrolled pretty well. Slowly, step by step but eventually I have been able to make a living out of it.

Did anyone try to put you off? I know that I was never encouraged when studying music.
I had a "loss" of enjoyment of music at a certain time, well, I still enjoyed it but didn't feel the same strong emotion for a precise genre, and I liked everything more or less. It lasted a few years.

No one encourages anybody for any art. I had the same problem as you, in Switzerland, people smile at you if you say you want to be a musician, and they think you're dreaming about something you can't be. I'm wondering why they think that way. There is no reason you can't be a musician, you have 2 arms, 2 legs, a brain, etc., no differences with any other musicians. Those people thinking that way are followers, they lack imagination, and they don't dream anymore. Why ask ignorant people about something they don't know about? When someone doesn't know about something he/she will answer with the stereotypes. And the stereotype of the artist is to be starving.

I agree the education system is terrible, in most schools the saying "Those who can't, teach!" is very true. And I have been myself a teacher for the public department of Geneva, so I know what I'm saying:-)! Very good money though!:-)

I'm not a reference, and I've been very privileged, since I was born in a wealthy country, that allowed me to save money to pay for my studies. But I think that what's important is to choose something you really love, since you love it, you'll be in the "milieu", you'll read about it, constantly think about it, the networking process will be very natural, so you'll know/find more and more the opportunities that exist to make a living out of it. As Chris Young says about film scoring, composing is only the 10th thing you need to know!!! I think he's right, the business side, marketing, networking, etc. is crucial.

As far as music, don't worry about remembering all those theories... Just listen to a piece you love, and then try to imitate it. That's the oldest and best way to understand what is happening.

How did you go about getting noticed?
I'm still unnoticed. You have to market yourself diligently, send your CD everywhere. Network, call, make contest, and try to be as present as possible.

Vincent: "Slowly, step by step but eventually I have been able to make a living out of it".

Your first fully fledged horror score was for 'The Campushouse.com'. How did you get involved in the project and what was it like to work on?
Actually my first real total horror score was for Stefan Avalos' The Ghosts of Edendale. He put an ad on the internet, and then auditioned 7 composers on a scene of the movie. I'm really lucky and happy he chose me.

It was great working with Stefan Avalos, because he's a musician himself, and because he's a talented hard worker. He's trying to do the best movie as possible, so you know that you're working on a project that is worth every drop of your sweat. And he has got the result that comes with it; The Ghosts of Edendale won the Silverlake festival 2003 and has just been picked up by Warner Home Video to be released on Halloween.

How long did it take you to write the score?
It's hard to say because we did it in 2 "sessions", and also because I was working on other projects in between and also had to interrupt the writing because I had been picked up for the Sundance Composers Lab at that time.

Were you and Stefan pleased with the result?
I'm very pleased with the result. The Ghosts of Edendale is one of my richest and most detailed scores, going from functional harmony and traditional orchestration, to aleatoric writing and Webern-like orchestration; and the instrumentation was not less varied, writing for a full orchestra, electronics, acoustic guitar, harmonica, and prepared piano.

How does the process work? Do you see some footage and then start to write?
I wrote to picture, even though the movie was not locked yet. The director and I decide where we need music, and what we want to convey. Then, I like to work chronologically, so that the music follows the development of the story.

How do you work? Do you come up with a theme first and then build on that to create the rest of your cues?
It depends on the movie actually. If I work with themes, I like to use less and less different themes, but it really depends what the concept of the movie is. Sometimes there are no specific themes, just an atmosphere that need to be created. Sometimes there is a reminiscent "color"(instrumentation) for a character, but not a specific melody. It's really fun to find a concept for a movie.

You then went on to score 'Scarecrow'. The first time I saw the film I immediately noticed that the score reminded me of the excellent Puppet Master theme. Was this purely coincidence or is that the kind of sound Emmanuel Itier and York Entertainment were after?
Actually I've never seen or even talked about the Puppet Master. Danny Elfman's brother and mother are in the movie, so Emmanuel Itier wanted Danny to write the main title for it, Emmanuel actually temped the opening with Edward Scissorhands, but Danny Elfman couldn't do it, so I wrote the opening.

You worked on 5 scores the same year as 'Scarecrow' which covered a wide range of genres and musical styles before scoring 'Scarecrow Slayer'. Did you consciously aim to create a different sound or did you try to keep it similar to the first? It sounds very Tim Burton/ Danny Elfman to me.
Exactly, Emmanuel wanted that kind of sound, he loves Elfman.

Who would you say are your favourite composers and influences?
My favorite composers are Stravinsky, Goldenthal, Ligeti, Corigliano, Mussorgsky, Chris Young, Hosokawa, Prokofiev, Penderecki, Beltrami, Elfman, and of course the 2 Gods of film scoring that Williams and Goldsmith are.

I notice that Christopher Young tipped you for the top. He is one of my favourite composers along with Don Davis and John Carpenter, what was it like for you to have him like your work?
Hey great, I love Don Davis too, I actually arranged the String Tribute to Matrix album. Chris Young is not only an amazing composer, but also a true generous person. I have been a fan of his music from his very early scores, so you can imagine how excited I was when he just talked to me, then invited me in his studio, and finally liked my music, I couldn't believe it!!! Chris has been very helpful, always asking what he could do to help me out. And he's helping out many young composers, he's also teaching a film scoring class at USC, and is president of the Film Music Society. He is the most devoted person I have ever seen to film music.

Vincent: "I love the Hellraiser theme!"

What is your favourite Chris Young Score?
I love the Hellraiser theme! Species is great, Bless the Child too.

What kinds of music do you listen to?
Currently mostly soundtracks and classical, sometimes some Jazz (like Coltrane and Coleman) and some rock too (like Red Hot Chili Peppers and early Metallica).

What is your favourite horror score?
Alien 3!!!

What is your favorite style of music?
Film music, and 20th (21st?:-) century classical music.

Can you tell us a little about your upcoming projects including Frost, Headhunter and Chupacabra, and what we should expect to hear when we see the finished products?
Frost is very exciting because it's a Giallo movie of today, and the director, Dominik Alber, wants me to come up with a Giallo sound of today. So it's very refreshing, I'm using a full orchestra blended with distorted guitars and a mezzo-soprano (the opera singer Mashal Arman). Headhunter is great too, because we're going for an orchestra with some processed custom sounds, and suddenly it switches to total sound texture (electronics). It's a very cold and gloomy sound. Chupacabra (working title) is also very interesting to work on, because the director wants to stay away from the traditional instrumentation/clichés one can find in horror movies. He wants me to solely use the instrumentation you find in traditional Mexican music, such as acoustic guitars, trumpets, double bass, and all kind of Latin percussions.

"Thank you ever so much for taking part in this interview Vincent.
And we wish you the very best of luck in the future."

Watch and Stream Horror Movies Online
using the Vidmate App


The Others Movie Review

The Others

Pod Movie Review


Ouija: Origin of Evil Movie Review

Ouija: Origin of Evil

Inn of the Damned Movie Review

Inn of the Damned

Disaster L.A. Movie Review

Disaster L.A.

Horrors of the Black Museum Movie Review

Horrors of the Black Museum

Visions Movie Review


Dont Breathe Movie Review

Dont Breathe

Holidays Movie Review


Demonic Movie Review


Blair Witch Movie Review

Blair Witch

Darling Movie Review


Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead Movie Review

Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead

Theyre Watching Movie Review

Theyre Watching

The Open Door Movie Review

The Open Door


WIN iZOMBIE on DVD - OUT NOW on DVD WIN The Neon Demon on DVD
WIN a copy of Paranoid Thriller THE NEIGHBOUR on DVD WIN The Conjuring 2 on Blu-ray - OUT NOW
WIN Air Storm Toys from Zing WIN Sci-Fi Thriller ARCADIA on DVD
WIN The Curse of Sleeping Beauty on DVD WIN Tales of Halloween on Blu-Ray
WIN Lucifer: The Complete First Season on DVD WIN a John Carpenter Goody Bag
WIN Video Killer on DVD WIN Wolf Creek: The Series on DVD
DOWNHILL DVD and Poster Giveaway Scream Queens: The Complete First Season DVD Giveaway
WIN Shelley on DVD WIN Holidays on DVD
Now you can Watch your favorite Horror Movies using the Official ShowBox App


An Interview with Jason Blum
Jason Blum

Vampires.com Werewolves.com